Housing & Community Development

2020 CDBG PROGRAM

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS FOR TIERED PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

January 20, 2021

TO: ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS

This legal notice shall serve as a combined notice satisfying two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Millville, NJ. This notice satisfies the publication requirements under § 58.70 and a Tiered Environmental Review process under § 58.15 of HUD’s 24 CFR Part 58 regulations.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (RROF)

On or about February 8, 2021, the City of Millville will submit a request to the Newark Field Office, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD), for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake the following projects:

Project title:
2020 Housing Rehabilitation
Nature of Project:
Loans for needed repairs to address code deficiencies in an estimated two single-family residential units occupied by income-eligible households on a city-wide basis throughout the City of Millville.  
2020 Assistance:  
$55,000 (2 units, averaging $27,500 per unit)
Project Cost:  
$55,000.00


Project title:  
2020 Property Improvements
Nature of Project:  
Funding for the acquisition, disposition, clearance or other eligible activity for real properties on a city-wide basis throughout the City of Millville.
2020 Assistance:  
$52,707
Project Cost: 
$52,707


Project title:
2020 Blight Elimination
Nature of Project:
Funding for the elimination of blight on an area or spot basis, with anticipated work to include clearance or rehabilitation of eligible properties on a city-wide basis throughout the City of Millville.    
2020 Assistance:
$55,000
Project Cost:
$55,000

TIERING

Per § 58.15 of HUD’s 24 CFR Part 58 regulations, the City of Millville will undertake a Two-step Tiered, Categorically Excluded subject to § 58.5, Environmental Review process for the minor rehabilitation of affordable single family housing units. The first step consisted of examining the environmental factors that exist within the city’s target area. The second step will consist of a site-specific environmental review when properties within the target area are identified, essentially completing the Tiered Environmental Review process. If recognized environmental conditions or impacts are discovered and cannot be remedied during the second step in accordance with the laws and authorities under § 58.5, the project will be aborted. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS 

The Environmental Review Record Summary can be accessed here.  or is available for inspection at City Hall, 12 N. High Street in the Community Development Department Monday - Friday between regular hours of 8:30AM - 4:30PM.  The full report can be provided for inspection upon request to the Department.  

Any individual, group or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Millville, Department of Planning, 12 S. High St., PO Box 609, Millville, NJ 08332, 856-825-7000. All comments received by February 4, 2021, will be considered by the City prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of Millville certifies to HUD that Michael Santiago, in his capacity as Mayor, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Millville to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the City of Millville’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: 

(a)    The certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer or other officer of the City of Millville.

(b)    The City of Millville has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulation at 24 CFR Part 58.

(c)    The grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs, or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or 

(d)    Another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.

Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec.58.76) and shall be addressed to the HUD Newark Area Office at CPD_COVID-19OEE0NK@hud.gov.  Potential objectors should contact HUD/State to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Michael Santiago, Mayor 

FY2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN AMENDMENT - Public Hearing

The purpose of this notice is to present substantial amendments to the City of Millville’s FY 2019 Annual Action Plan for the use of Community Development Block Grant funds. 

In accordance with CDBG program regulations, the City is permitted to make substantial amendments to its Annual Action Plan and Budget in accordance with the City’s Citizen Participation Plan. In accordance with waivers granted through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, the City is permitted to present substantial amendments to the City of Millville’s FY 2019 Annual Action Plan for the use of $226,453 in Community Development Block Grant CV (CDBG-CV3) funds awarded through the CARES Act, Public Law 116-136. 

The City has determined that it is necessary to amend the approved CDBG program budget for the previously approved program year FY 2019 in order to address community needs that have emerged through the COVID-19 public health crisis. This qualifies as a substantial amendment in accordance with Millville’s Citizen Participation Plan as the following applies: a) To complete an activity other than those described in the Plan. The amendment to the FY 2019 CDBG Annual Action Plan is proposed as follows:

Project

Initial Budget

Revised Budget

Change

Planning & Administration

$0

$10,000

$10,000

COVID-19 Emergency Rent & Mortgage Payments up to 6 months (link to HUD info)

$0

$216,453

$216,453

TOTAL:

$226,453

 In order to obtain the views of residents, public agencies and other interested parties, Millville has placed the Substantial Amendment on public display beginning Monday, November 9, 2020 on the City’s website at the following address: http://www.millvillenj.gov/138/Housing-Community-Development.  This document will be available to the public for a period of no less than five (5) days through Friday, November 13, 2020. 

On Wednesday, November 12th at 5:30pm, the City of Millville will hold a Virtual Public Hearing to consider the proposed substantial change to the FY 2019 CDBG Annual Action Plan.  Given the current public health crisis, a virtual hearing is being held in lieu of an in-person hearing.  The log-in information for the Virtual Public Hearing is as follows:

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United States: +1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code: 450-872-301

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All interested persons, groups, and organizations are encouraged to attend this public hearing and will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed amendment for the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan.

General questions regarding this Substantial Amendment or proposed programming as well as requests for special assistance related to limited English proficiency, access or disabilities should be directed to Samantha Silvers at Samantha.silvers@millvillenj.gov or (856) 825-7000 ext. 7341.

City of Millville
PO Box 609
Millville, NJ 08332
Attn: Samantha Silvers

FY2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN AMENDMENT - Public Hearing

A Public Hearing for review of a proposed amendment to the FY2019 Annual Action Plan is scheduled for May 4, 2020 at 5:00PM  and will be held via telephonic means due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Governor Murphy has declared a state of emergency via Executive Order 103 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Executive Order 107 institutes various restrictions on public places and gatherings.  As such this meeting was advertised, posted, and made available to the public to attend and provide public comment during the public portion of the meeting in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, Public Laws of 1975, as required by Statute.  Comments may be provided through participation n the telephonic meeting or in writing to the Office of Community Development:

City of Millville
PO Box 609
Millville, NJ 08332
Attn: Samantha Silvers

or email to samantha.silvers@millvillenj.gov

The City has determined that it is necessary to amend the approved CDBG program budget for the previously approved program year FY 2019 in order to address community needs that have emerged through the COVID-19 public health crisis. This qualifies as a substantial amendment in accordance with Millville’s Citizen Participation Plan as the following applies a) To complete an activity other than those described in the Plan. The amendment to the FY 2019 CDBG Annual Action Plan is proposed as follows: 

ProjectInitial BudgetBudget Change

COVID-19 Food Pantry Support
$0$35,000
COVID-19 Family/Youth Support
$0
$35,000
COVID-19 Temporary Shelter for Homeless
$0
$5,000
COVID-19 Public Health Recovery Education and Outreach
$0
$10,000
COVID-19 Economic Development Small Business Recovery
$0
$90,747

Total:$175,747



Please use the information below to access the meeting remotely: 

CDBG FY2019 Amendment
Mon, May 4, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

2020-2024 Consolidated Plan

The Consolidated Plan is designed to be a collaborative process whereby the community establishes a unified vision for community development activities and how the City of Millville intends to use federal and non-federal resources to meet those needs. Strategic Planning and citizen participation take place in a comprehensive context during the preparation of the Five Year Consolidated Plan. Eligible activities include community facilities and improvements, housing rehabilitation and preservation, department activities, public services, economic development, historic preservation, planning, and administration.  This Consolidated Plan for the City of Millville covers the period July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2024. The Plan allows the City to continue to receive federal housing and community development funds and must be submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by May 15, 2020.

A copy of the draft plan is in the links below.  The public is invited to address written comments to:  Millville CDBG Office, Millville City Hall, P.O. BOX 609, Millville, NJ  08332, Attention: Samantha Silvers.  The public can also call 856-825-7000, ext. 7341 between 8:30– 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Current CDBG Planning Documents

Current project information
Name Info Link Due Date
FY2020 CDBG & Analysis of Impediments
First Public Notice

Public Notice #1

2/06/2020
FY2020 CDBG Second Public Notice Public Notice #2 3/28/2020
AVISO PÚBLICO
AVISO DE DISPONIBILIDAD DE
PLAN CONSOLIDADO DE CINCO AÑOS Y PLAN DE ACCION DE UN Año

3/28/2020
Substantial Amendment to FY2019 Annual Action Plan 5/5/2020
2nd Substantial Amendment to FY2019 Annual Action Plan 11/13/20
Amended Citizen Participation Plan May 2020 Plan 5/5/2020
Amended Citizen Participation Plan May 2020 Appendix A Appendix A 5/5/2020
FY2020-2024 CDBG Consolidated Plan and FY2020 Annual Plan FINAL 3/28/2020
2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Draft Plan 5/1/2020
FY2020-2024 Plan Schedule 5/15/2020
FY2015-2019 Plan Final Plan 06/30/2020
FY2019 CDBG Annual Plan Final Plan 06/30/2020
FY2019 CDBG Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) Report 2020

NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION TAX CREDIT PROGRAM

The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC) provides business entities an 80 percent tax credit for funds provided to nonprofit entities carrying out comprehensive revitalization plans. Nonprofit entities must use at least 60% of the tax credit funds for housing and economic development; the remaining funds may be used for supportive services and other activities that promote neighborhood revitalization. 

NRTC funds are used by neighborhood-based non-profit organizations that have prepared, submitted and received approval from the Department for a revitalization plan for the neighborhood it serves. The funds must be used by the eligible organizations for projects and activities that will implement the goals and strategies of the approved neighborhood plan. The maximum amount per application is $985,000. 

A copy of the draft 2020-2030 Neighborhood Revitalization Plan below is available for public comment during a 30-day period starting March 18, 2020 through to April 17, 2020.  Comments must be written and sent to Heather Santoro via email at hsantoro@hollycitydevelopment.org or mail to: Holly City Development Corporation, 14 E. Mulberry Street, Millville, NJ 08332.  Questions may also be directed to (856) 776-7979.     

2020-2030 Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

NJ DCA NRTC Website

Housing Rehab under CDBG

Please fill out the application form below and turn into Kristine Klawitter for consideration in the Housing Rehab program.  The Housing Rehab office is located on the 5th Floor at City Hall and all questions regarding this program should be directed to kristine.klawitter@millvillenj.gov or (856) 825-7000 x7288.

Housing Rehab Contractors

Below are reference documents that you may need during bid, consulting and construction phases of housing rehab projects:

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped to build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served 2.5 million people worldwide. Our local chapter was founded in September of 1989 to help further the mission of providing deserving families with decent, safe and affordable housing here in Cumberland County. Today our network of volunteers, sponsors, and affiliate partnerships continues to grow.

Habitat has developed and is continuing to develop homes on Garfield Street off of South Second Street in Millville.  For information on qualifying to purchase a new Habitat home, please find information on upcoming information sessions here:  

Veteran Rehab Project 2014

Click the link below to read more about how Gayton Baptist Church Youth Ministry set up camp in Millville for a week in July of 2014 to help transform the homes of local veterans. 
Downtown
Downtown improvements include:
  • Comprehensive center city redevelopment strategy, including physical improvements, neighborhood revitalization, and the establishment of the Millville Development Corporation
  • Numerous parking areas reconstructed
  • Pedestrian walkways upgraded with brick paving system, ornamental lighting, and site amenities
Riverfront
The Riverfront Project located along the east side of the Maurice River provides several landscaped areas for passive recreation, a gazebo, and a boardwalk along the river's edge.